Adventureland to Amazon to Home 2017 travel blog

My RV park is beautifully decorated. The management is wonderful

The spaces aren't great, but the park does much to please us

They provided a Breaking Bread dinner open to anyone in the park...

Music Row in daylight

The stairway at the Ryman


The light colored wood is original and a circle of it was...

Most of the stage has been resurfaced with harder wood that can...

Of course I performed "I Shoulda Been a Cowboy" and was signed...

This statue wasn't here in 2010...Jimmy was still here then.

They credit this lady for saving and continuing the life of the...

The adjoining cafe was named for Lula and I enjoyed the Nashville...

The Nashvillians call this the Batman Building

Music Row later in the afternoon


I walked past the Predators' stadium en route to the Hall of...

The photos are all pretty self-explanatory...just a wee tour of the enormous...




Loved this photo of Mooney and Loretta on their wedding day



Who knew? I didn't!




Don Schlitz performed at the Opry when I went this year

I visited the Hall of Fame on a good year

View from the 2nd floor of the Hall

The bronze likenesses of those revered performers


And Music Row after hours. Music blared day and night from each...

They call it Honky Tonk Row

Well, his real name is Charles Esten, the lead actor on Nashville,...

Trying to get caught up so I can hopefully keep this journal up to date when I hit the road. And that road is right around the corner. I finished my last shift at Amazon last night. Out of eleven weeks, I had just 4 overtime weeks...and this past one was one of them. My goal now is to try and get back into a wake-during-the-day and sleep-at-night mode. The nights are going to be cold as I travel to Chanute so I sure don't want to be driving after dark. Chanute, Kansas is a major stop on my trip home as that is where my 5th wheel was manufactured and where I will be getting work done. How much work will depend largely on what they find. I'm hoping there are no expensive surprises.

Last Saturday was my last 'adventure' day and I spent it entirely on foot in Music City. I had reservations for a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium which I enjoyed. I had seen the Grand Ole Opry show there in 2010 when Gaylord's Opryland was 5' deep in water after that horrendous flood. The show went on and I was in the small audience which attended that evening. Nashville was a mess and awash and buildings were still being pumped of water. It was a special thrill then, to see Little Jimmy Dickens, Alan Jackson and Lee Greenwood perform to make sure the 90+ year old program would be heard live on WSM radio that night. This year, I saw the Opry at Opryland, so my visit to the Ryman last Saturday was purely to see innards of the historic building. Photos were not allowed backstage so I can only picture in my mind the little, maybe 9' x 11', dressing rooms that we got to visit. Only one had a bathroom within and the headliner, of course, got that one.

After my tour, I learned of a special visitor who would be there that night to visit with fans and it was an opportunity I couldn't resist. Those of you who are fans of the Nashville television show will be very envious. Yes, he was gracious and so very handsome ...but no photos were allowed then either. I did get his autograph on his CD and that picture is posted. He performed that night at the Opry. The show is held at the Ryman during January and February as special events are held during those months at Gaylord's Opryland.

Between those two events at the Ryman, I walked the few blocks to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Three stories of history and it took some time. The country music industry is very proud. While living in the 'neighborhood' of this wonderful genre, I got addicted to listening to WSM 650 to and from work each day. And I listened to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights. You can also...just tune in online!

Chores tomorrow and then I'm on the road Sunday en route to a very unusual Christmas day in Decatur, Alabama. I'll tell you about it on Monday. Hope you all have a warm and loving Christmas with your families and all your wishes come true. Be safe. And laugh often.

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